Recently my sewing group made friendship blocks for a quilt for a sick member. Hearts (floral) was chosen as the theme and we could do what we wanted on a cream background. I decided to do a postage stamp patchwork heart and constructed my fabric using 1.5 inch squares.
I traced my heart shape on to light-weight non-fusible interfacing and placed it on top of the constructed fabric. I then sewed completely around on the line. I trimmed the block to 1/4 inch seam allowance, cut a small slit in the interfacing, and turned the heart right way out. I 'smoothed' the edges with a blunt chopstick.
I then trimmed away the excess interfacing behind the block to reduce bulk.
Here is my completed heart with beautiful smooth edges.
I machine appliquéd the heart to my cream background. I used a blind hem stitch.
We all got our blocks done very quickly and the quilt has since been finished. I hope to be able to get photos of the other blocks and the completed quilt. If and when I do, I will show you. It's a very lovely quilt for a very lovely lady.